About this Vendor

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The McNay Art Museum offers a unique opportunity to entertain guests in a beautiful and historic setting. Offer your guests the chance to experience an internationally renowned art collection during your reception. Dine and dance in the elegant Leeper Auditorium and enjoy the oasis of the courtyard.

Amenities + Details

Amenities
  • Handicap Accessible

  • Liability Insurance

  • Indoor

  • Reception Area

For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.

Price Range

$$$ – Moderate

Venue Capacity

251-300

Settings

Ballroom, Historic Venue, Museum

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Contact Info

Address
6000 N. New Braunfels, San Antonio, TX (210) 805-1782
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Reviewed on 7/05/2017 Jan R

For the bride who dreams of a magical and romantic wedding, McNay Art Museum makes dreams come true. From the moment we met with Monica, the events coordinator, we knew that for the next year of planning, we would be in capable and supportive hands. She communicated with us... Read More continuously throughout the process and alleviated the stress of planning this important event. We could not have asked for a more perfect evening. Of course, the venue was stunning from the moment we walked through the lush grounds to enter the impressive mansion. And then to be able to offer guests the opportunity to view masterpieces from the world's most significant artists--what a privilege. McNay Art Museum is the ideal wedding venue--the total package!


Reviewed on 4/04/2017 Hillary W

We had our wedding ceremony in front of the Koehler Fountain and our reception inside the Leeper Auditorium. There were a few hiccups along the way, but nothing earth-shattering or truly upsetting. Overall, we absolutely loved our wedding and the McNay is the perfect setting. We... Read More received so many compliments on the venue from start to finish. My favorite thing was that this venue needed little to no additional decor because it is already stunning on its own. The architecture, art, grounds, and facilities are just lovely. We had 220 guests and everyone fit comfortably inside the Leeper for our reception and accommodated a good-sized dance floor. The main things to note: there are a lot of rules regarding the McNay and many are inflexible (ceremony/rehearsal times due to guests on the grounds or normal opening hours), no flame candles in the Leeper Auditorium-- must all be LED, we had a miscommunication about lighting outdoors for the ceremony by the fountain, we ended up choosing no additional lighting because the only viable option presented to us would have put us $1,000 over budget, so I wish that part would have been more clearly communicated on the front end. Also, vendors work on a tight timeline with setup and whatnot based on museum policies. However, Monica (from the McNay) was very responsive, helpful and buttoned up with her details. She kept our file and invoices up to date, sent reminders and information and options which helped us a ton. I should also mention that our wedding coordinator has done many weddings at the McNay and has a close working relationship with Monica--I think this familiarity with the venue and trust from Monica helped our wedding to go off without a hitch. I am very grateful for that! The last thing I'll note is that while the McNay has a list of approved caterers, a pleasant surprise we learned of was that (to my knowledge) they don't charge their caterers a commission fee that gets passed onto the client. My husband and I found this out when working with a venue downtown and were upset because they failed to disclose the massive commission fees on food and alcohol that we were going to have to pay for...when we were required to use their caterer! We went back to the caterer and asked what venues in SA don't charge them commission and they said the McNay...voila, we went on a tour and knew we wouldn't want to get married anywhere else! Very very happy with our wedding and would certainly recommend.


Reviewed on 3/01/2017 Sara B

As soon as we walked into the McNay we knew it was the perfect venue for us. The property is obviously beautiful, but the auditorium can truly be amazing as well. The rental coordinator, Monica, was more helpful than I could have ever imagined. We had our heart set on having our... Read More ceremony in the Blackburn Patio (the outdoor courtyard in the middle of the museum), even though this isn't typically where ceremonies take place. Monica helped make our dream a reality and provided layouts, photos, and her expertise to all of our vendors to be sure everything was perfect. She also helped us choose uplighting and gobos for the auditorium for our reception, and in the end it looked incredible. On our big day many of our guests told me it was the best wedding they've ever been to, and I'm still getting emails and texts about how incredible the McNay was. It was truly our dream wedding, and I know a big reason for it's success was Monica's help! She guided us through the entire process and always had an answer for my seemingly endless questions within an hour or two, and was always kind and enthusiastic. We truly felt like she cared about making our wedding day perfect, and it definitely showed in the end. I can't recommend the McNay highly enough!


Reviewed on 9/10/2017 Alyssa C

The venue is seriously breathtaking. From the gorgeous landscaping, the amazing art galleries, and the great leaper auditorium- this venue has it all. What I especially loved about it was the venue coordinator Monica. She is so easy to work with and is very easy to get in touch... Read More with during the entire wedding process. I felt she went above and beyond to make sure our wedding would be perfect. Another thing I loved about this venue is that the other lighting services are provided through the venue. There is no outside looking for lighting, gobos, etc. They are accommodating and provided exactly what we envisioned. It is a bit on the pricey side, but it was beyond worth it. Thank you to all the staff and especially Monica for creating the reception of our dreams!!!


Reviewed on 10/20/2016 Christa A

If you're looking for a unique wedding venue in San Antonio that will make guests feel like they're in paradise, you've come to the right place! Having our wedding at the McNay was hands down the best decision we could have made. From the breathtaking venue itself to its staff,... Read More like Monica, it was more than we could have imagined. To this day, more than 6 months after our wedding, our guests are still talking about what a beautiful venue this was. It's definitely an experience, and something you and your guests will always remember. Thank you to everyone involved in making our day so special!


Reviewed on 2/19/2016 Sara

As soon as we walked into the McNay we knew it was the perfect venue for us. The property is obviously beautiful, but the auditorium can truly be amazing as well. The rental coordinator, Monica, was more helpful than I could have ever imagined. We had our heart set on having our... Read More ceremony in the Blackburn Patio (the outdoor courtyard in the middle of the museum), even though this isn't typically where ceremonies take place. Monica helped make our dream a reality and provided layouts, photos, and her expertise to all of our vendors to be sure everything was perfect. She also helped us choose uplighting and gobos for the auditorium for our reception, and in the end it looked incredible. On our big day many of our guests told me it was the best wedding they've ever been to, and I'm still getting emails and texts about how incredible the McNay was. It was truly our dream wedding, and I know a big reason for it's success was Monica's help! She guided us through the entire process and always had an answer for my seemingly endless questions within an hour or two, and was always kind and enthusiastic. We truly felt like she cared about making our wedding day perfect, and it definitely showed in the end. I can't recommend the McNay highly enough!


Reviewed on 11/15/2015 Kristen O

Before booking with the McNay, be aware of what you can/can't do. We used the Leeper Auditorium for our reception, and it was breathtaking, but we weren't able to see our uplighting prior. Monica assured us though that the color scheme for our reception would look exactly like... Read More the photos. Also, be aware that you will be charged per table and per chair (if you choose to go with the tables and chairs they have on site). Everything at the museum is a la carte (uplighting, pin lighting, tables, chairs, projector, etc). For our send off, they're very limited in what we could use due to strict museum policies. Also, they end promptly at midnight, so be sure to plan accordingly. Our DJ had to cut off right at that time and cost us our last dance. Despite all the constraints, I would highly recommend the McNay if it is within your budget. My wife and I were able to get beautiful pictures with our favorite pieces in the exhibit, throughout the grounds and in the auditorium.


Incredibly Beautiful

Reviewed on 10/19/2015 Krystiana C

I had my ceremony and reception at the McNay Art Museum. Everything flowed perfectly, from the ceremony on the lawn, to cocktail hour in the courtyard (with guests being allowed to tour some of the galleries) to the octagon room for the bar and miscellaneous table set ups, and... Read More finally to the auditorium for the reception. All of the guests were so in awe of the beauty the McNay offered. It was a seamless night. This is a museum so they are a bit strict with certain things, so as long as you have an open mind in knowing that, then you are good to go!


Worth Every Dime

Reviewed on 9/05/2015 Vicky R

I cannot express how happy I was with my wedding venue, it was perfect! I used the McNay for my wedding reception on Aug. 22, 2015. Monica the museum's event coordinator is wonderful and extremely helpful. She is so organized always responded quickly to all my emails and phone... Read More calls. She made sure I had all the necessary information about their preferred vendor list, which made the search a lot easier. She even made me a diagram of the furniture setup inside the Leeper (reception site) and I was able to give it to all my vendors. Whatever question or request I had, Monica always followed through. It was worth every penny to have my wedding here. Beautiful facility with excellent service from Monica.


Reviewed on 6/21/2015 A L

The McNay Art Museum is an absolutely beautiful venue! Monica R. did an excellent job of assisting me throughout the process, helping me with the lighting and a/v vendors, as well as all aspects of the reception planning. I booked pretty far in advance, so would definitely... Read More recommend doing so if you're interested in the venue. I will note that a lot of items are not included in the rental price, including lighting, table and chair rentals, insurance and SAPD (if having alcohol). Good news is you can bring in your own alcohol which is a great way to save money. Also, wonderful way to utilize indoor and outdoor space, having our cocktail hour on the patio and reception inside. All of our guests loved the venue and I've never received so many compliments!


The Best Wedding Venue in San Antonio!

Reviewed on 10/30/2014 Kathleen M

As cheesy as it may sound, I always knew I wanted to have my wedding reception at the McNay. My friends and I used to eat off-campus lunch there in high school, so I was intimately familiar with its gorgeous grounds and historic beauty. When my Big Day finally came around, I... Read More went straight to the McNay to book them for the wedding of my dreams! There are so many perks to this venue: the extensive and well manicured grounds, the gorgeousness and historic quality of the exterior of the museum, the absolutely beautiful outdoor patio space for cocktail hour, the fact that you can provide your own alcohol (what a $$ saver!) and the fact that some galleries are open for guest viewing during cocktail hour! Our guests raved about what a gorgeous setting the McNay is for a wedding reception. They are easy to work with and very accommodating, allowing me to have multiple site visits with my wedding planner in plan everything to the last detail! Also, their lighting director, John, is an absolute genius! He can truly do anything you want with the Leeper Auditorium - for us, he created a beautiful amber glow with fade into red (for behind the band area) and also hung multiple Spanish lanterns from the ceiling over the head table! It was so magical! All in all, I would definitely recommend the McNay to any bride who wants a truly gorgeous and historic wedding venue that will wow her guests!


The best wedding venue

Reviewed on 10/01/2014 Addie B

They were so great to work with and really helped to make my day perfect. I loved every second of my wedding and it wouldn't have been near as great if it weren't for the McNay. Bonus: It is the most beautiful place.


Spring Splendor

Reviewed on 6/17/2014 Grace P

The McNay is an amazing venue for a wedding. We had our reception there with about 250 guests in attendance. The best thing about this venue is that even though the reception hall can only seat 250 there was plenty of room if more guests had come. I would definitely recommend... Read More using a day of coordinator if you choose this venue because all vendors have to be outsourced. Our wedding was absolutely gorgeous and everyone really enjoyed the art exhibits that are on display for the cocktail hour.


BEAUTIFUL!!!

Reviewed on 5/21/2014 Laura M

This really is one of the most beautiful venues in San Antonio! I didn't spend any money on decorations because the venue doesn't need it. I just had the bare minimum in terms of flowers and linens. And the event coordinator at the McNay is so easy to work with. They do have... Read More several rules/conditions, but none of them were deal breakers by any means. So many of our guests commented on how beautiful the wedding and reception were and that they were happy they got to experience that section of the McNay as they'd never had the opportunity before.


Beautiful

Reviewed on 5/08/2014 Sarah J

This place made my job easy! So beautiful!


Beautiful Venue

Reviewed on 10/30/2013 Bianca F

I'm so glad that we ended up having our wedding at the Mcnay. I was a little worried when they switched Event Rental Coordinators right after I signed the contract but Elise was wonderful to work with. She was responsive to emails and phone calls and she was able to help me... Read More coordinate the lighting (which was gorgeous!!) and the chairs without any issues. Everyone at the wedding loved the courtyard and the auditorium. If you book this venue I suggest that you add lighting to the package, it really made a difference.


McNay Art Museum- You get what you pay for!

Reviewed on 3/25/2013 Mari M

The McNay Art Museum was my dream venue, it was beautiful and perfect. The only negative was that every detail was "a la carte". The tables and chairs were a seperate cost, the lighting (which was beautiful) was a separate cost, and their list of preferred vendors was short.... Read More Elise, the coordinator was great. The lighting tech ran a little behind, but was done in time. That being said, the venue was perfect, and I am still receiving compliments. Truly a dream wedding venue.


Beautiful...everything

Reviewed on 11/17/2012 Melinda P

We had our reception only here. The only negative is the time crunch. We waited outside for a while before our party was allowed in, but we used that time for our private photo shoot. Families took pictures, our photog took pictures, it worked out great.


Excellent

Reviewed on 10/25/2012 Lindsey M

We used the McNay for our reception venue. It was fabulous and really wowed our guests. The stage provided a great setting for our band which really set the McNay apart from other venues. I would recommend this venue to anyone in the San Antonio area!


Simply Beautiful

Reviewed on 4/21/2012 Sierra G

My day was perfect and the decision to use the Mcnay was the best idea it was simply beautiful and everything I could have wanted


Great wedding experience @ this venue!

Reviewed on 12/16/2011 Catherine S

McNay was a GORGEOUS venue - our guests are still raving! Gloria, the McNay event coordinator, was gracious & professional in every way. She made the experience so smooth & went above and beyond the call of duty to answer questions and make special arrangements for us... Read More (we were probably more picky than most clients). Everything was perfect, we could nto have been more pleased with this venue. Our 11/19/11 wedding will be featured on the San Antonio Weddings website - check that feature for photos of the McNay in all its glory.


Beautiful....

Reviewed on 11/07/2011 Caroline G

I love the McNay, it is a beautiful location for a wedding and it was so perfect for us! Gloria was very helpful and stayed with us the whole night. Since we first booked, Gloria helped us in making the experience a lot easier. It's a bit costly but it was well worth the... Read More memories.


the McNay was Amazing

Reviewed on 9/19/2011 Laura B

Gloria from the McNay was extremely nice to work with. She was very helpful, professional and responsive. The reception looked beautiful. John made the lighting look fabulous. The staff was efficient the night of and even the security guards were friendly. It was picture... Read More perfect.


SPECTACULAR VENUE

Reviewed on 7/28/2011 Taelor B

The McNay serves as the most perfect wedding venue. The grounds outside were lush and green making the perfect backdrop to an outdoor wedding. The courtyard area needed little to no decorating since it is filled with greenery, a pond, and art. The Leeper was everything I... Read More wanted...dark hardwood floors, long curtains and beautiful lighting. Overall, I loved having my wedding at the McNay. It was classy, elegant and artsy!


McNay is beautiful, but has many restrictions

Reviewed on 6/16/2011 DIANA C

I would not have chosen a different place to get married and have my reception. It was gorgeous and all of my guests loved it. There were several different areas to use, and the Leeper was a great space. Having access to the art museum was a great bonus for art lovers. There... Read More were several restrictions, though. No candles are allowed indoors (we used flameless ones). You could only use the McNay's one lighting person, which was definitely more expensive (we ended up not using any fancy lighting even though I wanted uplighting and a gobo due to the price...there is a dinner lighting setting and a darker setting for dance we used for free). No drinks are allowed in the gallery area, so when people were looking around during cocktail hour, they could not bring in their drinks. Also, because of the water restrictions (in May), the fountain had to be shut off, which means we had to shift the ceremony location....something to keep in mind. But overall, this was a great place to wed. I would recommend it even though it may be pricier than some venues.


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